American English

Definition of son noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a person's male child We have two sons and a daughter. They have three grown-up sons. He's the son of a professor. Maine & Sons, Grocers (= the name of a company on a sign) Topic CollocationsChildrenhaving a baby/child want (to have) a baby/a child/children/kids start a family conceive/be expecting/be going to have a baby/child miss your period become/get/ be/find out that you are pregnant have a baby/a child/kids/a son/a daughter/twins/a family have a normal/a difficult/an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/a difficult birth/labor be in/go into/induce labor have/suffer/cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/a baby/a daughter/a son/twinsparenting bring up/raise a child/a family care for/watch a baby/child/kid change a diaper/a baby nurse/feed/breastfeed/bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/go on maternity/paternity leave go back/return to work after maternity leave need/find/get a babysitter/high-quality, affordable childcare/a nanny balance/combine work and childcare/child-rearing/family (life) educate/teach/home-school a child/a kid/children punish/discipline/spoil a child/a kid/children adopt/foster a baby/a child/a kid/children offer a baby for/put a baby up for adoption be placed with/be raised by foster parents
  2. 2[singular] (informal) a friendly form of address that is used by an older man to a young man or boy Well, son, how can I help you?
  3. 3[countable] (literary) a man who belongs to a particular place or country, etc. one of France's most famous sons
  4. 4my son (formal) used by a priest to address a boy or man
  5. 5the Son [singular] Jesus Christ as the second member of the trinity the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  6. Idioms
      somebody's favorite son
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    1. 1a performer, politician, sports player, etc., who is popular where they were born
    2. 2a candidate for president who is supported by his or her own state in the first part of a campaign
    from father to son
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    from one generation of a family to the next
    like father, like son (saying)
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    used to say that a son's character or behavior is similar to that of his father
    the/a prodigal (son)
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    a person who leaves home and wastes their money and time on a life of pleasure, but who later is sorry about this and returns home
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: son